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Sandown Airfield

The new owners of Sandown airfield, Isle of Wight, have made attempts to close down flying operations in order to redevelop the site. BMAA members will know that Sandown airfield has been the home of BMAA's 'Spamfield' flyin for many years, with several hundred microlights making the trip to the island every year.

Sandown local John Kenyon writes the latest news:

"Good news is that the landowners to the North have been able to obtain a High Court injunction to prevent its closure for the short to medium term pending a full hearing. This will allow Sandown to continue as an unlicensed airfield until further notice and to maintain the runway and taxiways.
We have served the Isle of Wight County Council with a petition with over 850 names in support of the cause to "Save Sandown Airport" Many thanks to aviators nationwide for supporting us. The Council have stated that they will take our views into account in any development proposals that come before them which is further good news. We are keeping this petition open for the time being as the final outcome is not clear yet. So anyone wishing to add their names to this can email their address and the words " I want to save Sandown Airport" to me at kenyon.mj-@tiscali.co.uk  and we will include this in any future submission. Petitioners that do this by email should feel secure that this personal data will be held only for this purpose and in accordance with the DPA.
Despite the 27 September CAA notification below that obliterates Sandown from our charts, we are still open for business and CJ's Cafe famous for its Bacon and Egg baps and lunches will be open from 11AM each day!
Flyers can ring the Specialist Flying School on 01983 402402 for PPR. Aircraft should not park or exit the runway to the south but use the northern taxiway and book in at the Specialist Flying School to pay landing fees, access toilet facilities and get refreshments. Please note that fuel is no longer available on the airfield but Mogas can be obtained from the local Morrison's about half a mile away if you have a can. John Woodhouse, who operates the Specialist Flying School, has some cans are available here for pilots wanting to get Mogas locally, until other arrangements can be made.

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